Perseverance Pays Off

Omgosh…I can’t believe it! I just received an email that said this!! 😳😳😳😊😊😊💃💃💃

Dear Vicki,

Congratulations! We LOVE your work and are so EXCITED to welcome you to ClickPro!

Incase you don’t know what this is-

WHAT IS CLICK PRO?
Click Pro is a modern network of highly skilled professional photographers and independent artists. Membership is application based, and invitation is extended on the basis of an 150 image portfolio evaluation by Click & Company.

It’s been three years since my last application. I’ve been working on my set for a while now. To say I’m stoked is an understatement. This has been a VERY long personal goal of mine..and I’m so happy to have reached it! This was my ****FOURTH**** time to apply!

Here’s my accepted set –

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Summer Vacation

It’s been two years since our last vacation. So this one was well over due. Honestly, the last few years have been tough ones, so we both just needed a break! We rented a secluded cabin on Beaver Lake, on 143 acres in Arkansas for 7 days, no wifi, no phone service, long dirt back roads to get there…it was nice. We stayed in Oklahoma on the first night, since we didn’t want to drive for 10 hours with kiddos..5 & 8! They actually did really good on the trip! We did a few things in Eureka Springs, but I’m disappointed that I didn’t get any photos from that little town, but it was just too hard with our kids…for me to walk around with my camera all day. It was overall a wonderful vacation. My parents joined us for a few days, which was nice. Oh, I also have been trying my hand at freelensing…not totally great at it..but I’m attaching some photographs of that too. This is a large share, so thank you so much for looking! I haven’t shared in a while, or picked up my camera lately, but I always get inspired when I’m at a new place. Now back to reality, both my girls started school. Channing is in kindergarten (how did that happen??) & Rylee third grade!

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Sweetness Of Home

It’s always good for my soul, to take my kids back to the place I call home. To spend time with their maw-maw, paw-paw, & all my family. A simple home full of love, the moment I walk back in my parents home…I can just breathe better!

We had a great Spring break…walking to the river (behind my parents house), trying to catch crawfish with paw-paw, riding bikes from the front yard to the back yard..a million times. Painting, playing cards, pony riding, zip lining…and just having fun. We did go roller skating..but I didn’t want to test out my photography skills while skating..haha! Even thought I can hold my own on some skates..haha.

These photographs make me feel so emotional, for I know one day…long after my most treasured loved ones are gone, even me..my kids & their kids…and generations after..will pull these photos out of boxes or albums..and talk about the good times.

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Vicki

Finding Wonder

Usually after a long week, we head over to our land on the weekend…(we are currently in a rental home……with really no yard), so it’s so nice to have a little over 1o acres to go to relax. Lately, I have felt so uninspired……and rarely pick up my camera…(I have been super sick for weeks, with Bronchitis as well too…finally better) or even sit at my computer. My photographs sit on my camera for weeks, until I finally find a free moment to edit them. I took these on February 12th..and today I downloaded…! Better late than never.

It is always such a joy to my heart to watch my kids play in wide open spaces, and just be kids. I had the best childhood…and I have such wonderful memories of feeling free……and was able to explore. I grew up on acreage in the country…and actually my parents still live in the same house. We wanted the same for our kids…that’s why we decided to buy the land, to build our dream home on. I know that most of my post seem to say the same thing…and I sound like a broken record….but I am just looking forward to finally feeling settled. Hopefully, we will start building within the next month or so…we are currently waiting on bids. Please be praying that it all works out.

A few of these photos, the one of Keith and Rylee……they are standing in the spot that our house will be built. The one with Rylee pulling on the string, well that’s the outline we have for show where our new home will go. I have tried to take a photo of the entire area…but the string and the grass blend it together……..making it hard to see.

I love these so much…and can’t wait to print some for our new house….! I have a confession…I have ZERO photos hanging on my wall…and don’t print them either…so horrible. One of my New Year’s Resolution is to change that……haha. Hopefully, before the year is up…I will have albums full and some framed for the new house.

I still have plenty more photos to edit…so be prepared for new blog post!!

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Vicki

Eight is Great…

Rylee turned EIGHT in December, how can that be?? I had her yesterday, right…lol?! I do believe she will be passing me up in height for sure. I wanted to take some special photographs of her, since she rarely lets me take any when I have my camera out, plus she recently got some super cute pink glasses! :)  Oh, and I curled her hair for these…!! :)

She is gorgeous.

She is smart.

She is shy.

She is an artist.

 She is a beautiful soul.

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Published

     I am still in shock, that my photo was chosen. A goal or dream of mine has been to have a photograph published in a magazine. I decided to submit four photos, the category I decided to try was Original Art or Image/Quote Pairings. The photography magazine is One Twenty-Five…which is fairly new, but awesome, so glad to be apart of such talent. Actually, I have a few friends that have articles written in this October issue. Hopefully next time, I will be brave enough to submit for an article, etc.

When trying to take this photo of myself holding the magazine, I had put my camera on my tripod and it fell off and hit the ground…I could have died. It scared me so bad, for my camera and lens are not cheap…and I also have a photography conference I will be attending in two weeks….so I am BEYOND happy that it is okay. So I had Rylee take the one of me using my remote timer. It took three tries..but we got one. Obviously, I am SO EXCITED about this, can’t you tell…lol!!

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